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Caltech Associates News and Events

Winter 2014

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Introducing the 2014–15 Caltech Associates Board and New Associates President Lynda Boone Fetter

With the new academic year underway, we are excited to announce the incoming Caltech Associates Board members for 2014–15. More...


Associates Launch New Luncheon Series

We are excited to announce a new luncheon series beginning January 2015 that will feature thought-provoking topics presented by faculty, students, and special speakers from the Caltech community. More...

As 2014 comes to a close, let us take time to reflect upon some of Caltech's most exciting, happenings over the past year. We asked several members of our campus community to share their personal highlights. Here's what we heard...

Associates End of Year Giving Opportunity

You can make an end of year gift to the Caltech Associates 2014 Endowed Student Grant Fund and support our talented and ambitious scholars as they continue to learn, do research, and begin the work of changing the world! Learn more...


Associates Near and Far Welcome President Rosenbaum

During his first six months at the Institute, President Thomas F. Rosenbaum has actively engaged with a broad cross-section of the Caltech community. He traveled across the country to meet and interact with Associates members in New York, Northern California, and Southern California. Here on campus, faculty, students, staff, friends, and neighbors gathered on October 24 to mark his formal installation as the Institute’s ninth president. Check out photos from these events in our flickr gallery. And if you missed President Rosenbaum's inaugural address, you can watch it here.

Name: Joe Yang
Member Since: 1999
Chapter: Northern California
Job Title: Attorney

"For me, it's mostly about the people. Associates members are—almost by definition—people that have been very successful in their lives and careers. Learning from my fellow members' experiences enriches my life." More...
Name: Bert Wells
Member Since: 2011
Chapter: East Coast
Job Title: Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

"The opportunity Caltech offers for fostering continued economic and social transformation through research and education is hugely compelling." More...
Name: Janice Ohta
Member Since: 1999
Chapter: Southern California
Job Title: Independent Consultant

"I have come to greatly appreciate not only the personal benefit of learning about the amazing research at Caltech, but also to appreciate Caltech's role on the world stage as a source of leading edge science and excellence in education." More...

Caltech and City of Hope Formalize Collaboration
Caltech and City of Hope have signed a memorandum of understanding, formalizing a relationship that encourages researchers from the two institutions to collaborate and share resources in the interest of furthering both basic scientific research and translational projects—with a medical application. More...
New Center Supports Data-Driven Research  
With the advanced capabilities of today's computer technologies, researchers can now collect vast amounts of information with unprecedented speed. However, gathering information is only one half of a scientific discovery, as the data also need to be analyzed and interpreted. A new center on campus aims to hasten such data-driven discoveries by making expertise and advanced computational tools available to Caltech researchers in many disciplines within the sciences and the humanities. More...
Remembering Marvin Goldberger (19222014)
Marvin L. "Murph" Goldberger, Caltech president and professor of theoretical physics, emeritus, passed away on November 26, 2014. He was 92. During his tenure as president, Goldberger helped to spearhead the development of the first 10-meter telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii—that telescope and its twin are the largest optical telescopes in the world—and he worked to secure the support of the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to build the Beckman Institute. More...
Caltech Summer Undergraduate Intership Program
Internships play a crucial role in the success of undergraduates at the start of their careers. The Caltech Career Development Center is looking to match firms with talented students in the areas of engineering, business, and finance. If you want to take advantage of top Caltech talent, contact Aneesha Akram, career counselor for internship development and advising, at aakram@caltechedu or (626) 395-6900. More...
Senior Adam Jermyn Named Marshall Scholar
Caltech senior Adam Jermyn has been chosen as a recipient of the 2015 Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate studies in Great Britain. Funded by the British government, the Marshall Scholarship provides support for two years of post-bachelor's degree study at any university in the United Kingdom. Each year more than 900 students from across the nation compete for this prestigious scholarship. A maximum of 40 scholarships are awarded. More...
Kip Thorne's Book The Science of Interstellar Available at the Caltech Bookstore 
Kip Thorne's newly released book, ranked in the New York Times Top Ten Science Bestseller List, explains the astounding science behind the Christopher Norton blockbuster movie Interstellar. Thorne shares his experiences working as the science adviser on the film and how his scientific insights triggered actual scripting and shooting of Interstellar. You can now purchase a signed copy at the Caltech bookstore!

Cake or Carrots? Timing May Decide What You'll Nosh On

When you open the refrigerator for a late-night snack, are you more likely to grab a slice of chocolate cake or a bag of carrot sticks? Your ability to exercise self-control—i.e., to settle for the carrots—may depend upon just how quickly your brain factors healthfulness into a decision, according to a recent study by Caltech neuroeconomists. More...


Robotic Ocean Gliders Aid Study of Melting Polar Ice   

The rapidly melting ice sheets on the coast of West Antarctica are a potential major contributor to rising ocean levels worldwide. Although warm water near the coast is thought to be the main factor causing the ice to melt, the process by which this water ends up near the cold continent is not well understood. More...


NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds Clues to How Water Helped Shape Martian Landscape 

Observations by NASA's Curiosity Rover indicate Mars' Mount Sharp was built by sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years. This interpretation of Curiosity's finds in Gale Crater suggests ancient Mars maintained a climate that could have produced long-lasting lakes at many locations on the Red Planet. More...


Einstein Online: An Interview with Diana Kormos-Buchwald

The Einstein Papers Project, housed at Caltech since 2000, has worked in collaboration with Princeton University Press, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the digital publishing platform Tizra to produce a digital edition of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein. Read an interview with Diana Kormos-Buchwald, professor of history at Caltech and director and general editor of the Einstein Papers Project, to learn about the project's new digital endeavor. More...


Inaugural Associates Luncheon Series featuring Romy Wyllie 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Join us for our inaugural luncheon program with Romy Wyllie, an expert on Caltech’s architectural heritage and the co-founder and director of Caltech’s Architectural Tour Service.
Northern California Associates Chapter Reception and Streaming Watson Lecture 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Hear a live stream of the Earnest C. Watson Lecture "Size Matters: The Importance of Building Small Things," with Julia Greer, professor of materials science and mechanics. Read more about this lecture and others in the series here.
Caltech Associates Reception and Program with Ken Pickar 
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Join us for a reception and program with Ken Pickar, visiting professor of mechanical and civil engineering, and hear about his science and technology-based entrepreneurship class.
Associates Northern California Chapter Reception and Dinner Featuring John O'Doherty
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Enjoy this special program with John O'Doherty, professor of psychology and director of the Caltech Brain Imaging Center, and hear about how the human brain can learn from experience in order to make decisions that maximize future rewards.
Associates Luncheon Series featuring Lucy Jones 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Hear from Lucy Jones, seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, visiting research associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech, and the foremost authority on earthquakes. Learn about the latest findings to seismic activity, earthquake preparedness, and future early warning systems.
Caltech Associates East Coast Chapter Reception and Dinner with Harry Atwater 
Wednesday, March 31, 2015
Connect with fellow East Coast Associates and hear from Harry Atwater, Howard Hughes professor of applied physics and materials science and director of the Resnick Sustainability Institute.


New Members

Join us in welcoming our newest Associates
Southern California Chapter
Mr. Michael Amori and Mrs. Teresa Lin
Mr. David Kuo
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Naecker
Mr. James M. Van de Voorde
Dr. Luke Wang and Ms. Cathy Zhu

East Coast Chapter
Mr. Kiran Shekar
Mr. and Mrs. Josh S. Weston

Northern California Chapter
Dr. and Mrs. Peter P. Tong


In Memoriam

In memory of Associates whose dedication to Caltech will be missed
Mrs. Mary M. Sigworth, October 2, 2014
Mr. Harrison W. Sigworth, October 13, 2014
Dr. Marvin L. Goldberger, November 26, 2014
Dr. David L. Douglas, November 27, 2014
Dr. Jack K. Robbins, November 29, 2014


Join, Renew, or Upgrade Membership

If you would like to become a member of the Associates or renew or upgrade your membership, please contact our member services coordinator at (626) 395-4858 or or visit our membership webpage.

Caltech Associates Board 2014–15

Executive Committee
Lynda Boone Fetter, President
Peter O. Clark, Vice President
Tracy Fu, Vice President
Ananth Natarajan, Past President

Board Members
Jane Arnault-Factor, Paul Attyah, Caroline Blauvelt, Edward M. Boughton, Ginger Caldwell,
Jane Caughey, C. Joseph Chang, Marina Chen, Peter O. Clark, Georgianna Erkskine,
Lynda Boone Fetter, Tracy Fu, Bernadette Glenn, Armando Gonzalez, Alan Greenstadt,
Cindy Hambleton, Joyce Hameetman, Barbara Hanna, Dylan H. Hixon, Kin Hui, Michael Mann,
Clara Miller, Susan Murakami, Ananth Natarajan, Janice Ohta, Stephen Rogers, Karen Roberts, Samantha Seaward, Michael R. Spindler, Pamela Wiedenbeck, Joseph Yang

Presidents Emeriti
Fred A. Blum, Hannah Bradley, John D. Gee, John H. Glanville, Cathleen A. Godzik,
Collis H. Holladay, Jr., Millard W. Jacobs, Robert T. Jenkins, Carl V. Larson, Ilene O. Marshall
Priscilla McClure, Carel Otte, Margaret Richards, Elizabeth Loucks Samson, Warren G. Schlinger,
Tom Tisch, Elizabeth Tito, Thomas J. Tyson, Kathleen M. Wiltsey


Thank You

As a member of the Caltech Associates, you play a vital role in the life of the Institute. Through your generous annual contributions of unrestricted support, you help make it possible for our faculty, students, and researchers to engage in creative, discovery-based inquiry that seeks answers to the world's most challenging questions. Thank you for partnering with us as we lead the way into the future.
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